The AKITA Instructional Model (AIM)

The Akita Instructional Model or AIM is a method for the development of students’ knowledge, skills, and mindsets so as to enable them to discover the issues or problems on their own. It is an inquiry-based method.

Within the model, the students are also expected to communicate, interact so as to deal with the problem or issue and deal with it by themselves – enhancing their agencies.  They are expected to ask questions and seek out help and support their classmates or from other sources such as the Internet.

The key components of AIM are: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Criticality, and Responsibility. They are responsible for their own learning.

The emphasis is on self-discovery and support by peers and teachers.

There are four main stages:

1) Students are encouraged to observe phenomena – natural and social 

2) students then develop their own ideas – through reading and setting hypotheses  

3) students work in small groups discussing the issues – seeking more stimuli 

4) students reflect on their learning – They review the lessons and the learning methods. 

Example: The teacher may ask or show the class a photograph of a polluted canal. It can be a short video clip. The students watch the video and observe the phenomenon.

Salient Features of AIM:
– Active participation – students actively participate in the learning process
– Process-based – Learning is a process
– Cooperation as a value
– Communication
– Self-discovery (SATORI moments)

Bots and Elon Musk


The fact in the online world is the prevalence and threats of automatic systems such as bots. Bots have been deployed by humans to create problems on the Internet.

So, if anyone is thinking of creating bots to post contents or comments or even to advertise anything, please think again.

สุนทรภู่ (Sunthorn Phu – A Great Thai Poet)

UNESCO or the United nations for Education, Science, and Culture Organization recognizes and acknowledges many poets around the words, and one of such great persons is a Thai poet born about 250 years ago – Sunthron Phu (Thai: สุนทรภู่). He is considered by many as “the Bard of Rattanakosin”. He was born on June 26th.

His statue in Klum sub-district

His father was born in Klang, located in Klaeng district in Rayong province, Thailand’s eastern region. Sunthorn Phu himself was born in the western side of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok or Krungthep.

Sunthron Phu was a keen note-taker and recorder of events and places, including people that he met.

He was a prolific writer and poet. His many notes and poems now function as historical records of Thailand in the past. The peoples of Thailand and the world owe him a great deal when it comes to learning about the past and Thai ways of life and traditions.

He was probable the father of Thailand’s soft power. In his long epic poem – Phra Aphai Mani (a 48,700-line epic poem), he conveyed the message of non-violence and the hero (Phra Apai Manee) has a pipe as his decisive weapon. not a lance or sword. It’s the power of music that would win over people’s heart.

A UNESCO plaque of Sunthorn Phu in the Historical Park – Klum Sub-district

Thai Buses Go Inter คือระบบสนับสนุนพหุภาษาสำหรับพนักงานเก็บค่าโดยสารรถเมล์ไทย

A Multilingual Support System


Thai Bus Ticket Collectors

This is a multilingual support system for Thai bus conductors.

ระบบช่วยแปลภาษาสำหรับกระเป๋ารถเมล์ไทย พัฒนาขึ้นโดย ผศ. ดร. จันทร์พา ทัดภูธร

This support system has been developed by Assistant Professor Dr. Janpha Thadphoothon, a lecturer in the Business English program, at the Faculty of Arts, Dhurakij Pundit University, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Saengsuree Rungroj Died in Hospital

News said he died on Friday, September 10th, 2021 – 10 days after he was found to have been infected by the Covid-19 viruses. He was 68 years old.

Greatest Music Album

The last picture I saw him doing on TV was singing one of his favorite songs – RAK Sao Sua Lai” and selling durian to earn his living.

This post is my tribute to him. I like his songs and remember most relics of those famous Luk Thung songs.

Rest in Peace (RIP)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and English Language Learning

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and English Language Learning

Janpha Thadphoothon

One lesson I have learned from my English teacher whose name I would like to withhold is to seize an opportunity to learn the language when important events happen. At present we are having the 2020 Tokyu Olympic Games and we should take opportunities to learn the language e.g. names of sports, rules, and names of the athletes, including nations and nationalities.

I have learned many new words from the event:

Equestrian – a sport with horse controlling

Marathon swimming – I am sure they are strong people.

A sport where people throw hammers.

Fencing has nothing to do with fixing your fence.

Volleyball on the beach or Beach Volleyball

News about the Olympics usually includes terminology about medals and winners.

Olympic medal count 2021

2United States24282173

Expressions like

Who won the gold medal in shooting?

Sydney McLaughlin smashes world record to win gold in women’s 400m hurdles final.

Nowicki wins men’s hammer gold as Henriksen takes silver; bronze for Fajdek

This Advice Is Very Useful.

As a matter of fact, this advice from my teacher is still a useful and practical one. As a teacher of the English language myself, now, I meet reminding myself and my students to learn the language from big events.

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